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The Street by Ann Petry
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Feb 09, 2012

it was ok
Read from February 02 to 09, 2012

This was the book club pick of the month for February, it was definitely an interesting read.But if you are looking for a story that is pretty depressing all the way through that has a happy ending, this is not your book. I was pretty interested in the story the whole way through up until the end. I figured it was going to be a "Cinderella" kind of story not so much. I also thought a little of The Help and compared Lutie Johnson to Abileen. I think those two are very similar characters. I was certainly not expecting the ending I got, sad novel the whole way through. This was my first read by Ann Petry but I can't say I will read more unless we read her others for book club. Looking to hear what the other members will say next month at our meeting. I need a really dumbed down happy ending book after reading this one.

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Judah Martin There is no comparing Aibileen Clark and Lutie Johnson. Aibileen is a two-dimensional archetype who's dialect contradicts her descriptions of being well-read and having been at the top of her class before being forced to leave school. Lutie, though, is a self-motivated, true-to-life character with dreams,intentions,human flaws and so forth. Comparing The Help with an actual African-American lit classic is like comparing The New Yorker with the US Weekly gossip magazine..

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